The Indiana Bass’n Gals sure know how to fish, and they help kids learn this valuable skill.
The Indiana Bass’n Gals were established in 1985, and it is the only women’s bass fishing club in Indiana. They are also proud members of the Indiana Bass Federation and the Fishing League Worldwide. Every year, the ladies of Bass’n Gals host a kids’ fishing tournament with some pretty amazing prizes.
FatBoy Dan, from the Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel Show, discusses the 2015 Indiana Bass’n Gals Kid and Co. Tournament with Bass’n Gals member, Marlena Pierce.
The annual tournament is in its 29th year, and kids from all over Indiana will converge on Lake Monroe on Saturday, Aug. 1. Kids ages 6 to 17, have different groups they can choose.
The youth division consists of panfishing or youth bass for 6 to 12 years olds. The 13- to 17-year-olds fish for bass. Every participant wins a door prize, but individual winners of each division take home money and other prizes. They get to feel like professional tournament fishermen!
An adult must accompany each child at the one-day tournament. Boats are allowed, but kids can fish from docks or the bank. As soon as the tournaments begins, adults are not allowed to fish.
A few famous fishermen participated in the tournament when they were kids. One participant, Jacob Wheeler, grew up in Indiana fishing this tournament. His name might sound familiar to you. Since those early days fishing with the Bass’n Gals, Wheeler has blazed a trail in professional bass fishing. He recently claimed a spot in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
The bass caught during the event are released back to Lake Monroe. Event organizers keep the legal-sized bluegills and donate them to the Wildcat Wildlife Center of Delphi, Indiana. This organization cares for injured wildlife, such as eagles and raccoons. Last year, the tournament contributed over 150 pounds of fish. All other funds raised from sponsors, donations, and members directly benefit the kids.
This is where the Indiana Bass’n Gals can use your help. You can volunteer your time to keep things rolling smoothly. Donations are always appreciated, because they provide more gear, food, prizes, and events for more tournaments in the future. If you would rather donate gear, kids can always use rods, reels, and lures to keep them on the water even when the tournament is over.
We can all make a difference together in child’s life and teach him or her a valuable skill they can use for a lifetime.
Images via Indiana Bass’N Gals